To Reduce Number of Black Diabetes Patients, Reduce Poverty, Obesity

Black adults in the U.S. are more likely to develop diabetes than white adults, and new research suggests that major factors in their increased risk are obesity and poverty. The researchers looked at over 4,000 men and women, both black and white, who were 18-30 years old and free of diabetes when the study started, and followed them for a period averaging 24 years. During the course of the study, black women were almost three times more likely to develop diabetes, while black men had 67 percent higher odds of becoming diabetic than white men. But once risk factors like obesity, neighborhood segregation, poverty levels, depression, education and employment were eliminated, there was no longer a meaningful difference in diabetes risk between black and white people. Read more

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